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The Professor of University of Pittsburgh Adriana Helbig presented her monograph "Hip­Hop in Ukraine: Music, Race and Migration of Africans" in Lviv Polytechnic

On September 12, 2014 as part of the XXI Publishers Forum at the National University "Lviv Polytechnic" took part a presentation of the monograph of Professor of University of Pittsburgh (USA) Adriana Helbig "Hip­Hop in Ukraine: Music, Race and Migration of Africans". The event was organized by the International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations which Ms. Helbig visited in July.

During the opening of the meeting, head of International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations Irina Klyuchkovska noted that this is a unique book presentation of a unique author, emphasizing the importance of Ukrainian studies by reputable foreign researchers. In her speech, Adriana Helbig talked about the Ukrainian diaspora in the city where she grew up, about the University of Pittsburgh, about how she got to know hip­hop and African­American culture. The meeting was accompanied by Ms. Helbig presentation in which she illustrated in details the history of the formation of hip­hop culture in the United States and its penetration into Ukrainian community. As it turned out, Professor Helbig did her research not only in Ukraine, but also traveled to Africa.

According to the researcher, a critical part in the creation of this book played an discovery of the band "Chornobryvtsi", whose lead singer Steven Okurut also came to the presentation. In his speech, Stephen Okurut admitted that he likes Ukraine, and he considers himself not only representative of African culture in Ukraine, but also the delegate of Ukrainian culture in Africa. The singer said that Ukrainian songs performed by the band "Chornobryvtsi" can be also heard in his homeland Uganda. Steven Okuruta plans also to erect a Taras Shevchenko monument in Uganda and to organize a Ukrainian Cultural Center.

Among the guests that visited the event were well­known sociologists ­migration proceses researchers Igor Markov, Svitlana Odynets, Oksana Pyatkovska and ethnomusicology specialists who in their speeches mentioned Ms. Helbig’s personal qualities and high relevance of her research.

Concluding the event, Iryna Klyuchkovska thanked Ms. Helbig for the great work that she holds for Ukraine, and invited the band "Chornobryvtsi" to come to visit Lviv Polytechnic.

On September 12, 2014 in the mirror hall of Potocki Palace took place a presentation of new editions of the newspaper "Den’" as part of the XXI Publishers Forum. This is "Ukraine Incognita.
Top­25", which includes iconic 25 articles on the history and culture of Ukraine published earlier in the newspaper " Den’”, photo collection " People of Maidan. Chronicle" and a collection of works of famous Ukrainian journalist who covered the topics of religion and the church, "Apocrypha of Clara Hudzyk".

The event was traditionally moderated by head of International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations Iryna Klyuchkovska who congratulated the newspaper "Den’" on their 18th anniversary and remarked that "Den’" presents a world of knowledge, and this is the weapon that can’t be destroyed by tanks or "Hrad" shots.